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ivman’s “swan song”


You may not have even noticed that it has been almost 2 years since my last blog post. Life has become so busy that blogging was bumped to the bottom of my priority list.

Becka and I have kept our blogs "out there" for archival purposes, but since neither of us has a desire to continue posting, we have decided to stop paying to keep the ivman.com domain on the internet.

The domain will simply go away when the next payment is due sometime in October. If there is anything that you want to snag (pictures, favorite jokes or stories, etc.), now's the time to do it. I have recently learned from a longtime reader of my blog that when you hear, "what you put on the internet never goes away," that really is the case. There's a site called the WayBack Machine that archives anything put out on the internet. Therefore you should probably bookmark the following website:

https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://blog.ivman.com

One of the big changes that we are going through in our lives is my retirement from BJU at the end of this school year. I'm already beyond full-retirement age. But instead of actually doing a "retire" I'm planning to do a "retread." We plan to move to Michigan where I hope to help out in the Christian day school where our daughter teaches 1st grade and our son-in-law is the principal. I'm not sure at this point what that looks like, but I'm eager to help in whatever way helps them most. This upcoming move helps me understand better why the Lord allowed me to get "continuing certification" when I taught in Michigan over 35 years ago. Continuing means that it has no expiration!

Needless to say, we will miss our many friends here in Greenville, and especially our son Mark and his family. This departure will not be easy for any of us, and yet we are excited to see what the Lord plans to write in this next chapter of His chronicle of our lives.

Becka did her "swan song" blog post several days ago. She did some updates on our family. If you'd like to read that, her post is

http://beckasblog.ivman.com/long-overdue-update

I'll update you on other aspects of our lives in the past two years. Last summer (2018) I went on a medical mission team with MMO - Medical Missions Outreach - to Ivory Coast. My role was that of an interpreter between the patients and the providers since the official language of Côte d'Ivoire is French. It was such a wonderful experience with so many results, both temporal and eternal, that I was eager to go on one of their teams this summer also. I was hoping and praying that Becka would be able to go also, and the Lord answered that prayer. In Kenya it was different needing an interpreter instead of being one, since Swahili is one of the main languages! Becka and I were the first ones that patients encountered when they came into the vision clinic. I tested their ability to see letters from far away and and up close, and Becka wrote down the numbers from those tests.

There was one man who could not see our faces or any letters on either chart when he came in. We were fortunate enough to encounter him again before he left. He was thrilled to have glasses that allowed him to see our faces! I'm glad he could see Becka's face, but I was kind of sorry he was able to see what I look like.

This blog began in 2005, right before Becka and I went to teach in China. Someone told us it would be a great way to share pictures and stories of what we did there. I guess after that long, I'm allowed to lose my steam for blogging.

Thanks to those who read "my stuff" all along the way! You deserve a medal!

God bless you all!

Rob


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15 Comments on “ivman’s “swan song””

  1. #1 Krischa
    on Sep 3rd, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    I’m going to be sad to see you go!! My dad was on the original email list that you started years and years ago and we would all gather around the family computer to read what IV man sent. You’ve brought many a laugh to my family over the years. Thank you!!! (That means I’ve been one of your “followers” for over 20 years!)

  2. #2 Cindy Page
    on Sep 3rd, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Oh wow, I have so missed my IV’s and will miss them and seeing you around campus. But I know the Lord has many good things in store for you and Becka and I know you will be a blessing to the kiddos in the new school in MI next year.

    Cindy

  3. #3 Linda
    on Sep 3rd, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    I have always enjoyed your blog. Thanks for the laughs and memories. God bless you and your family. ??????

  4. #4 Barbara Harper
    on Sep 3rd, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    I’ve enjoyed your many years of blogging. I used to get your ivman emails before you started the blog. I used a lot of your funny material in a newsletter I used to do for our church ladies’ group. I’m not doing that any more, but I still like funny stuff. 🙂 I’ve missed your posting, but I understand why you haven’t lately and why the blog will be closing down. I wish you and Becka all the best in your new endeavors!

  5. #5 Michael
    on Sep 3rd, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    What a pleasant surprise to hear from you again! I will miss your posts, especially the ones with funny signs. Most of all I will miss you. You have been a dear friend and it has always been a delight to run into you and catch up. The school in Michigan is blessed to receive your help as will whichever church body you join. May God richly bless you as you seek to serve Him further!

  6. #6 Carol Brown
    on Sep 3rd, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Wow! God bless as you come a little closer to the promised land!!

  7. #7 Doodie
    on Sep 3rd, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    I was hoping that you would find time to blog once you retired; I have missed the vacation for my mind. I “retired” from teaching three years ago and decided to substitute. I love it! I’ve done several long-term jobs (6 weeks or longer), and I’ll pretty much sub for any level. The first time I subbed for a kindergarten class, I came home, sat on the couch, and could not talk in complete sentences for hours.

  8. #8 Vikki Ivey
    on Sep 3rd, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Sad to see you leave the area friend, but excited for you and Becka as you transition into a new ministry and way of life. Take care, you will be missed!

    Vikki

  9. #9 Sharon Klenk
    on Sep 3rd, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Your blog has been a joy!
    Good bless you as you compete this new school year and in your new service for Him.
    “Jacqueline”
    (aka Sharon)

  10. #10 Marilyn Donnell
    on Sep 3rd, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    What excitement when I saw Rob the ivman in the Inbox. Whoops of joy, now quietly thinking: how can it possibly be that Rob Loach and Becka could be contemplating retirement back in MI? Your blague will be sadly missed. If you ever have future reasons to blague again I predict your family of readers will rejoice with great joy!

  11. #11 Beth Barnard
    on Sep 3rd, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Wishing you God’s very best! You have been one of my favorite teachers since taking German 1 my Freshman year of college in 1987. You know how to make a subject fun and interesting! You will be a big blessing to your daughter and son in law and their school, but Greenville (BJU) won’t be the same without you and your humor!

  12. #12 Jill Martin
    on Sep 3rd, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    hello! glad to get a final word from you. you were a blogger before any of us knew what one was!!! you have also been at Bob Jones since before i attended, so it seems weird that you will no longer be there. i think that when i consider your ministry, your family and your heart, i think of faithfulness. that is such a wonderful character quality that God has used in you. thank you for your faithful service and friendship and commitment to the Lord.

  13. #13 Vicki Johnson
    on Sep 3rd, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Herr Loach,

    Congratulations on your retirement/retread. May God richly bless you and your wife in this next chapter of life! Praying your future adventures and ministry will reach far and wide enriching the lives of all the people God places in your path.

    Godspeed,

    Vicki Holston Johnson (a.k.a. Monika BJU ‘88)

  14. #14 Paul Graganella
    on Sep 3rd, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    U will be greatly missed!!!

  15. #15 Anna Faye
    on Sep 4th, 2019 at 9:55 am

    “Take your time….and ours.”
    “It may seem hard, but it really is.”
    “It’s almost like English and French are two different languages.”
    “M-a-i…s-o-n…m-o-u-s-e”

    Little did I dream on that first day of “French 1 and Gallery” that my life and that of my family would be so affected by knowing you. From my brother Phil, to your current office mate, to our daughter who will be sitting in your class today as a student, we all are better and more joyful and more warped people for having you in our lives. MI gains, we lose big time. I’m so glad we have heaven where there are no goodbyes and IVman has an archive, which apparently is nearly eternal. We love you and Becka and are excited for this next chapter where you will take sunshine to Michigan. They need it!! 🙂